No undergraduate or graduate student organization or team recognized or sponsored by Dartmouth College shall differentiate expectations, activities, rights, or responsibilities among its members on the basis of seniority. There can be no period or category of membership during or by which members have a lesser status.
This policy does not prevent an organization that operates a residential facility from using a priority system to assign housing or any organization from establishing experiential qualifications for leadership positions. The policy also does not prohibit students from having different roles in an organization depending on their experience, training, skills, etc. that directly relate to the legitimate goals or mission of the organization or team.
This policy was adopted in 2015 at the direction of President Hanlon as part of a larger initiative to reduce high risk behavior.
The sponsoring department of each student organization is responsible for:
This policy is a companion to Dartmouth's hazing policies. Any individual who has information about hazing or other conditions of membership based on seniority should report their concerns to the director of the sponsoring department, via the Dartmouth Ethics and Compliance Hotline, or to the Department of Safety and Security by calling 646-4000. Sponsoring departments must also refer reports of possible violations to the Department of Safety & Security and to the conduct process in their school. Departmental action to investigate and respond to such a report does not supersede independent action that may be taken by a conduct officer or board in the applicable school or program.